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August, 2017

  • 3 August

    Follow in my Footsteps: Fish, Funiculars and 100-Foot Waves in Nazaré

    Selfie in Sitio, Nazare

    My week in Portugal was primarily about best surfing locations. It’s been years since I was on a board, and I wasn’t quite ready to surf the waves in Nazaré, which can get over 100-feet high in the winter! Everything else I found the town was simply wonderful. Nazaré was the first stop on my tour of central Portugal. Taking a …

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July, 2017

  • 31 July

    Spending a Week in Central Portugal

    Press Tour in Central Portugal (2)

    For my 45th country, I teamed up with Visit Portugal and Centro de Portugal to explore the best surf spots and historic towns in central Portugal. Guided by the energetic Jose of Madomis Tours and Joao of Naturexperience, I learned how to surf (again), saw the location of the highest-ever surfed wave (78 feet!), strolled through beautiful villages, slept in amazing …

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  • 27 July

    Travel Advice: Finding the Best Accommodations in Santa Cruz, Portugal

    Selfie with Accommodations in Santa Cruz

    In my recent visit to Portugal, I got to see two hotels which, in my humble opinion, were truly spectacular. If you’re looking for accommodations in Santa Cruz, I can’t recommend these enough. Just to clarify, this is the Santa Cruz an hour north of Lisbon where you’ll find some amazing surfing spots, not the Santa Cruz on Madeira Island …

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  • 16 July

    Finding the Best Cafes in Chisinau, Moldova

    Selfie at Tucano Coffee

    Why would you go to Chisinau? That’s a question I was asked by several people, before and after I went. Well, the simple truth is Moldova was one of the last countries in Europe left for me to visit, and it was on the way to Ukraine from Romania. Also, it’s cheap. Like $0.10 for a bus ride cheap. The …

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  • 13 July

    Journal Entry: My Epic Fail with Hostels in Moldova

    Selfie with Hostels in Moldova

    I spent four nights between three hostels in Moldova. Had I gotten any sleep at all, I’d say it had been a nightmare. Well, I did get a little sleep, but it was pretty bad. I hadn’t expected to stay in hostels at all, but the person I was going to stay with had just moved back in with their …

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  • 10 July

    My Unexpected Way-stop Spending a Day in Cluj, Romania

    Madalina and I at Cluj Botanical Gardens

    My day in Cluj came about almost by accident. I never had Cluj on my itinerary, and I had no idea what I would do if I spent a day there. Now that I have, I can give you an idea of what’s available…which isn’t a lot. Ending Up in Cluj Cluj is the second-largest city in Romania, after Bucharest …

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  • 7 July

    A Day in Northern Cyprus Exploring Kyrenia, Bellapais Monastery and St. Hilarion Castle

    Selfie with The Way Away at Bellapais Abbey in Kyrenia

    When I landed in Cyprus, I had no idea I would get to explore an abandoned castle in the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus. Heck, I didn’t even know that there was a separate territory to Cyprus on the island. On the evening of my second day in Cyprus, I got a message from Ashley Brown of The Way Away …

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  • 4 July

    A One-Day Trip to Paphos, Cyprus to See the Tomb of the Kings

    Paphos Tomb of the Kings #2

    While on Cyprus, I decided to take a one-day trip to the town of Paphos. I had read in Lonely Planet that it was rated as one of the top ten European destinations for 2017. Yet many of the locals also said it wasn’t worth visiting. Well, here’s my own judgment on the town, and whether I think you should …

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June, 2017

  • 28 June

    Journal Entry: My SNAFU With Couchsurfing in Cyprus

    Couchsurfing in Cyprus

    I love Couchsuring. It’s my favorite way to travel, and I’ve never had a problem with it. Until now. Here’s how I nearly got stranded Couchsurfing in Cyprus, and how I was saved. It’s been some time since I used the Couchsurfing website to find a host. I was hosting myself for three months in Chiang Mai, and then staying …

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  • 25 June

    Travel Advice: 10 Benefits to Traveling Solo Around the World

    Selfie on the Airport Couch Traveling Solo

    For two and a half years, I’ve been traveling solo around the world. I’m not going to lie, it does get lonely. However, there are a handful of reasons why traveling solo is a great option. You have more time to yourself This is unquestionably the biggest benefit to traveling solo; having time to yourself is sometimes sorely needed. With …

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  • 22 June

    Journal Entry: Preparing My Backpack to Fly with Wizz Air

    Selfie with Wizz Air

    This week I’m flying from Cluj to Cyprus (country #42) with Wizz Air. It’s not my first time flying with them, but it will be my first time making a conscious effort to keep my backpack within the baggage restrictions. I’m notorious for getting away with taking too much luggage with me on flights. My bag by the end of …

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  • 19 June

    Follow in my Footsteps: Slow Boat Cruise on the Mekong

    Selfie at Slow Boat in Laos

    The idea of being stuck on a slow boat for three days didn’t appeal to me when I first heard about it. After months of people recommending the tour in Laos, I finally decided to give it a try while I was still in SE Asia. It turns out that the “three-day” tour was one day of travel just get …

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  • 16 June

    Journal Entry: Putting Up With the Scams in Asia

    Friends on Tuk Tuk

    There are times when I wonder if all of Asia are in on the scams they perpetuate, or perhaps they simply don’t know the best ways to do things. While there is a significant percentage of the latter – citizens who genuinely don’t know about better buses, routes or activities – the number of scams throughout the region still puts a big …

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  • 14 June

    Journal Entry: An Unexpected Weekend Road Trip to Brasov and Romanian Tiny Homes

    Selfie in Tiny Home on Road Trip to Brasov

    Had you asked me last Friday morning what I was going to do for the weekend, I would have never guessed I would be on a spur-of-the-moment road trip to Brasov and beyond in Romania to see tiny homes and some gorgeous locations. On Friday afternoon, I was working on my itinerary for the rest of the year when Tudor, …

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  • 12 June

    Follow in my Footsteps: 5 Steps to Properly Feed Bananas to Elephants in Thailand

    Selfie at Elephant Jungle Sanctuary #2

    I finished my tour of Thailand with a trip to the Elephant Jungle Sanctuary. It was by far the highlight of my adventures in the country. I can’t recommend it highly enough, so here are the steps so you can follow in my footsteps. Travel to Thailand Someone asked me recently if there were elephants in the USA. Yep…in the …

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